hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,666 miles

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2005 Subaru Impreza fuel system problems

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2005 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 152004


  • 5,000 miles


Temporarily experience some fuel seepage at engine fuel delivery pipe/hose during cold engine start up in extremely cold outside temperatures. Vehicle occupants may notice the smell of fuel. The same issue is described in Subaru campaign/recall wvk-21 issued for 2002-2003 model year Subaru Impreza vehicles. Service bulletin 01-170-09 www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/acm12948229/rcsb-09V468-1307.pdf

- Burlington, MA, USA

problem #8

Nov 032014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Everytime I start the car in even the mildest to coldest temperatures, the car has an extreme gas smell in the cabin of the car. I have taken it to the shop and they claim they don't even smell it and cannot service it. There is a recall for model 02 and 03 of this car but does not cover my year. It's gotten to the point where the car is not drive-able during cold weather. The recalls also do not cover the state of Maryland, which is ridiculous because we've been getting cold snaps putting us below 0. considering the problem is detectable even in 40 degree weather, this does not seem reasonable.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #7

Jan 092015

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
I own a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX sti, upon starting vehicle, idle, and driving there's strong fuel smell under the hood and inside the cabin. I have popped the hood and confirmed is coming from back passenger side of intake manifold where the fuel lines, rails, and injectors are. I have confirmed this to be relating to soa's recall for the 02-03 Impreza WRX's hard fuel line / rubber hose leaking issues. I live in southern California so appears extreme cold weather not the cause. Leaking fuel is a huge safety issue!

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 082015


  • 80,900 miles


Strong fuel smell in cabin, dealer confirmed leaking fuel hoses.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #5

Jan 142014

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 72,145 miles
During cold start there was a fuel smell coming from the car. The car was taken in to have the fuel lines tightened at a cost of $50.72. The problem was not properly corrected and the fuel smell returned a couple more times before the weather warmed up. I recently found a recall (program wvk-21) for the 02-03 model years but nothing for 05 even though the problem exists on my 05. The program consists of replacing the hoses which was not done on my car. I am concerned that without a recall of all the affected vehicles that when the cold weather returns there will be a serious safety issue.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

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problem #4

Dec 312013


  • 110,000 miles
Experienced strong fuel smell in cabin after cold start on a couple of cold days (~10F?) experienced during trip North for holidays. Odor went away after engine warmed up. No problem evident in warmer weather. Seems likely that this is same problem that led to recall of earlier my Imprezas.

- Norco, LA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


I was researching this site for something else when I came upon complaints about the toxic smell of gasoline/fuel when starting up certain Subaru on extremely cold days. I live in Colorado and the smell of fuel is awful when the car is started in the winter and I can sometimes smell it while operating the car. I have a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX. My car has had so many problems: Bearings in the transfer box failing twice, the fuel pump failed (on the highway no less, where I was almost hit by a truck because my car lost power so quickly). The radiator went...the turbo failed. My car has always been dutifully maintained. If this fuel smell is serious I hope Subaru will handle it as such but my experience with the local dealer and Subaru corporate has led nowhere.

- Breckenridge, CO, USA

problem #2

Jan 022008

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 57,949 miles
In January 2008, I noticed a very strong smell of gas when I started a the car on a cold day. I opened the hood and saw gas dripping from the driver left side of the engine. Because of my concern of a fire, I had the car towed to the dealer. It cost $491.30 plus towing to have the fuel leak fixed. This year I started smelling raw gas again when the car is cold. I had it checked at the dealer on 1/16/2013 and they did not find anything. I asked about recalls and they said there were none. The smell of raw gas is very strong on most cold days and I'm afraid there will be a fire. When I searched the web for Subaru Impreza cold weather fuel leak it looks like it is a widespread chronic problem. Does there have to be fires and injures before Subaru is forced to fix this major safety issue.

- Ayer, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 122013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
On extremely cold mornings +/-0 degrees my 2005 Subaru Impreza rs has such a strong fuel smell that you can not use the heat since you can't turn on the vents. If you turn the vents on the smell is so intense that you get lightheaded and sick. You can smell the fuel smell outside the engine area and fuel mileage is so much lower that you know that it is leaking fuel. Called Subaru and they refuse to help without charging and did warn of the potential of the car catching on fire from the fuel leak.

- Denver, CO, USA

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